Meet The Team
Wendy Joy MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist
Wendy trained in London qualifying in 1991. She has many years of paediatric physiotherapy experience in various settings both in the NHS and also privately. Over the years she has worked in NHS settings, private hospitals and sports injury clinics.
At the end of 2006 Wendy set up Total Children’s Therapy with the aim of providing a high quality, ethical, private service to children and their families. The practice has steadily expanded over the years and is now busy and thriving six days a week. It is the only private practice of its kind in the area to provide multidisciplinary, specialist paediatric therapy. Wendy now both works clinically and also practice manages Total Children’s Therapy. She works full time combining her clinical work with some lecturing and consultancy work around the UK.
Wendy is also an experienced hydrotherapy practitioner and has worked in many hydro pools. She feels that hydrotherapy is a highly valuable tool to incorporate into physio programmes, pre-habilitation and rehabilitation plans.
Wendy wanted to be a physio from the age of 14 and really loves her work. She attends regular courses and conferences to keep her skills up to date and enjoys networking with other physios around the UK. Wendy is a firm believer that physiotherapy should not be boring. She believes sessions should be good fun for all those involved so that the children are not necessarily aware of how hard they are working. She finds this also encourages compliance whilst being of maximum benefit.
She has been very aware that every case has been different and likes the fact that she is part of a team that can work in different ways to tailor a bespoke service for each of the families she works with.
Jane Reynolds MSCP - Senior Physiotherapist
Jane graduated from Southampton University in 2003 and has worked with children since 2005. She spent 13 years in the NHS as a physio (10 as a paediatric physio) and before that, 10 years as a paramedic. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and with the Health Professions Council as a state registered physiotherapist.
Jane has worked with many families with children with a variety of diagnosis - from developmental coordination disorders, to neurological diagnosis like cerebral palsy. Her special interest is in children with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis and she has completed the post registration basic and advanced Bobath Therapy courses. She has been involved in the successful rehabilitation of children after a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy helping them to achieve things that prior to surgery would have been impossible.
She always puts the family and child at the centre of everything she does and her sessions are always play based and lots of fun!
Kathryn Robinson MSCP - Paediatric Physiotherapist
Kathryn Robinson - Paediatric Physiotherapist Kathryn is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy qualifying from Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a state registered physiotherapist and a member of the Health Professions Council. Kathryn completed a Masters in Rehabilitation from Bradford University in 2011 and has completed a variety of post-graduate courses including European cystic fibrosis conference, management of cerebral palsy and bike riding course for co-ordination difficulties. She is also Bobath trained and has completed hydrotherapy training.
She has an interest in neuromuscular conditions and rare syndromes, particularly treating children in early years.
Since relocating from Yorkshire in 2011, Kathryn divides her time between NHS work and her work at Total Children’s Therapy. Her NHS roles have been in Yorkshire, Dorchester and she is now working in the New Forest area specialising in neuro-developmental conditions.
Nikki Walsh MSCP - Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist
Nicki is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professional’s Council. She is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. She qualified from Teesside University in 2004 having previously completed a degree in sports medicine from Glasgow University. Since qualifying Nicki has worked in a number of NHS hospitals including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Nicki currently works part time at Kings College Hospital,London as the paediatric musculoskeletal lead therapist. She has specialised in Paediatrics for the past 7 years working in a variety of acute and community settings. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal, sports injuries, orthopaedics and chronic pain.
Simone Roaf - Therapy assistant
Simone has joined Total Children’s Therapy as a therapy assistant and will also be assisting with the day to day running of the practice. She has been NNEB qualified for 22 years and worked in a variety of childcare settings: day nurseries, playgroups and schools. She started work in a Poole primary school as a 1:1 in 2001-2003 and returned in 2005 and to be a class TA until 2016. She has spent the last 6 years working in early years. Simone combines her years of experience working with children with her natural warmth and enthusiasm resulting in a knowledgeable approach to working with children in a friendly, fun way.
Sarah Harvie - BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, Speech and Language Therapist
Sarah qualified from University College London with a degree in Speech Sciences in 2004. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She has experience working with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties in both children and teenagers. She has worked in community clinics, early years settings, mainstream school ,specialist education and college environments. She is passionate about supporting children and their families through the process of developing functional communication and interaction skills.
MIRANDA KIDNER (MRCSLT) - Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Miranda is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is state registered with the Health Professions Council. She qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1992 when she gained her degree in Speech Sciences from University College London and since then has worked with children and their families in both the UK and Australia. Miranda has worked in the Bournemouth and Poole area for ten years. She has worked in a variety of settings including pre-schools, schools, children's centres, a pre-school language base, community clinics and specialist bases for children with learning difficulties.
Nicola Mearing BSc(Hons), PGDip, MRCSLT, MASLTIP - Speech and Language therapist
Nicky qualified from City University, London with a PGDip in Speech and Language Therapy. She has experience working with children under 5 with developmental speech and language difficulties, and also with children with a range of physical disabilities and complex medical needs.
Nicky is interested in low and high tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems ranging from symbols, PECS, switching and signing to Voice Output Communication Aids and iPads. She also holds a post-graduate qualification in the Practical Management of Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children.
Debbie Randall - Speech and Language therapist
Debbie is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is state registered with the Health Professions Council. She obtained a degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics from the University of Central England in Birmingham in 1995. Since then she has worked with children of all ages in community clinics, early year’s settings and mainstream schools in both North Kent and Bournemouth.
Marie-Claire Lawson - Speech and Language therapist
Marie-Claire qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2003 and has been working in a range of paediatric settings for the past 11 years including preschool clinics, mainstream schools, special schools and hospitals. She has experience of working with children with speech and language difficulties of all age groups from new born babies into adulthood. Marie-Claire is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is state registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She specialises in the field of neurology and has recently been working at Southampton Children's Hospital, developing specific knowledge and skills in paediatric brain injury and a range of paediatric neurological conditions. Marie-Claire has completed post graduate training in paediatric and adult swallowing difficulties and this is a core part of her work. As part of her work with physical disabilities she has a particular interest in communication aids. She enjoys tailoring therapy to suit a child's needs in exciting ways for maximum enjoyment and to achieve the best results.
Debbie Russell-Jones – Speech and language therapist
Debbie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2007 and has been working in a range of paediatric settings for the past 8 years including preschool clinics, mainstream schools, special schools and specialist language bases. She has experience of working with children with speech and language difficulties of all age groups from pre-school to teenagers.
Debbie is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is state registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Jo Sepkes MNCS (Acc.), MBACP - Senior Counsellor & Trainer
Jo is an experienced and qualified Humanistic Counsellor and has worked with children and young people experiencing a vast range of personal and family difficulties. She is an Accredited Counsellor with The National Counselling Society (NCS) and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by their code of conduct and ethics.
Before becoming a counsellor Jo gained a wealth of experience with children and young people who had academic, social and behavioural problems, firstly as a mental health and wellbeing practitioner and then as a personal and social development trainer, coordinator and manager.
Jo offers a comfortable and safe environment where clients can work together with her to explore past and present difficulties in a warm and friendly space. She works in a person-centred way with all clients and believes it is important to see each person as an individual and works with, and alongside them, during their self exploration and development. Jo is also a group trainer and facilitator and works with adults, children and young people on topics of mental health and wellbeing.
Caroline Ovens - Counsellor
Caroline started her career as a nurse and then moved on to work in therapeutic residential care with young children. Her training in counselling started in 1993 when she worked in a family support centre. She completed the advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling in 1996. Since then she has attended many other courses related to work with children, mostly recently completing a post graduate diploma in family practice from the University of Reading.
Her qualifications are in Humanistic Counselling and Family Practice, which were gained in Manchester and the University of Reading. She is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and also the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) - working within their ethical guidelines. She works with children and families in a creative therapeutic way along with play, story work etc as well as talking therapy.
She always endeavours to create a warm and accepting environment in which children and families can feel safe and supported and can therefore explore their concerns, fears, worries and feelings. In addition to her work at Total Children’s Therapy, Caroline also works for CAMHS in Dorset.
Karen Preston - Educational Psychologist
Karen is a Chartered Educational Psychologist. She is a member of The British Psychological Society, Association of Educational Psychologists and registered with the Health Professionals Council.
Karen qualified as a teacher and then became an Educational Psychologist in 1983. She worked in a multi-disciplinary team in a specialist school before joining Leicestershire local authority as an E.P. in 1989. Karen moved to Bournemouth in 1996 and currently works part time for a local authority. She has developed specialist knowledge in the areas of specific learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, emotional and behavioural difficulties and early years work. She also delivers a wide range of training to schools. Karen enjoys working with children and young people of all ages. She works in a consultative way with the young person, their family and the educational provision. Her aim is to help young people fulfil their potential with the support of the adults around them.
Lucy Chapple - Educational Psychologist
Lucy is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Lucy is a state registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Lucy is a qualified teacher who completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University and subsequently taught in local schools in the Bournemouth and Poole area. Lucy qualified as an Educational Psychologist from Southampton University.
Lucy has worked as a Local Authority Educational Psychologist in a variety of settings working with children within homes, nurseries, schools, colleges and specialist settings. Over the past 8 years Lucy has developed training packages and support for children, families and schools specialising in the areas of teaching and learning and learning difficulties, promoting emotional wellbeing and understanding and supporting attachment difficulties.
Lucy is passionate about helping all children and young people to achieve their life goals and uses targeted assessment, training, observation and therapeutic intervention to help them to do this.
Rachel Crennall(nee Millman) - Music Therapist
Over the past 18 years, working as a musician and registered music therapist, Rachel has used music in a wide variety of health, education and community settings - working with children and adults of all ages. After working at the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability in London, Rachel moved to Dorset in 2001. In addition to the work she does with Total Children’s Therapy, Rachel is employed by a national music therapy charity and works locally with pre school children with developmental delay / additional needs. As well as with adults with acquired brain injury and people with dementia. Rachel is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy and state registered with the Health Professions Council. She plays the flute and piano.
Matthew Hughes - Paediatric Orthotist
Matthew Hughes, is a highly experienced Paediatric Orthotist who will regularly hold clinics at Total Children’s Therapy to assess, cast and fit a whole variety of orthotic aids from insoles to AFO’s. Matthew currently works as the orthotic manager at Dorset Orthopaedic, Ringwood. We are very pleased that he will now be providing a regular orthotic service at Total Children's Therapy and be part of our growing multi-disciplinary team.
Kim Pickering - Paediatric Orthotist
Kim qualified with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1998. She is registered with the Health Professions council and has worked as an orthotist for 16 years. She has a keen interest in paediatrics and has experience working in a variety of the hospitals in London and the South East and more recently worked as the orthotist at Poole hospital for 10 years. She has completed many post graduate training in paediatrics. She now works as part of the team at Dorset Orthopaedic in Ringwood and is looking forward to working with Total Children’s Therapy to provide their orthotic service.
Ruth Morgan - Occupational Therapist
Ruth qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 from Coventry University and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT) and is a state registered Occupational Therapist with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the Sensory Integration network and Children and Young people’s specialist OT section.
Since 2005, Ruth has worked in a variety of paediatric settings within the NHS and has particular experience and training in working with babies born prematurely, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, picky eating problems, neurodevelopmental disorders, physical disabilities, specialist postural seating and upper limb splinting. Ruth has worked across both mainstream and special schools. Ruth has level 1 post graduate training in Sensory Integration and is also a trained sleep practitioner.
In addition, Ruth has significant experience in providing parent education and training, her contribution to which was recently recognised in the NHS England Wessex Shine Awards.
Having relocated with her family to Poole, Ruth combines her work with TCT with her NHS work at the Child Development Centre at Poole Hospital.
Over the years Ruth has encouraged and inspired many children and their families to believe in their abilities. She has helped to increase independence in many functional skills using a supportive, fun and motivational approach. Ruth will celebrate every goal and achievement with you and your child and ensure your therapy journey is personalised and tailored to meet your specific needs.
Lyndsay Court - Occupational Therapist
Lyndsay is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She qualified from the University of Plymouth in 2007 and went on to join the Therapy Services team at Poole Hospital.
Lyndsay has studied for her postgraduate qualification at The Bobath Centre in London and as such has developed a particular interest in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions.
Having had more than seven years experience in the specialist area of Paediatrics, she is skilled in the assessment and treatment of children of all ages who present with a variety of difficulties. Lyndsay believes in the importance of a person centred approach to optimise treatment outcomes and realise a child's potential for independence, whilst ensuring lots of fun is had along the way!